ROME, N.Y. -- The Rome City School District falls within the State of New York’s Yellow Zone. That means 20% of students and staff have to be tested for COVID-19 before opening the schools.
The district plans to open multiple testing sites, along with a centralized evening location at Strough Middle School. Rome Superintendent of Schools Peter Blake is hopeful the schools will remain open.
"People want a sense of normalcy, and at some point and time we do have to try our best to give that to them," said Blake. "I think having gone through Thanksgiving and then the holiday season people in our region saw how quickly this thing can spread, and how dangerous it can be, and we may have learned our lesson the hard way a little bit, but I do think people are much more diligent even than they were back then, and I think that’s going to help us stay open and keep on moving forward."
Blake has delayed the return to hybrid and in-person learning by one week to help provide time for testing. He sent a letter to the school community Tuesday to explain the situation.
School was originally going to resume on Jan. 25. The district is now planning on welcoming students back on Feb. 1.
Read Blake's full letter below: